11/18/13

Esperanza Spalding, in New Video, Calls for Closing of Guantanamo

“We Are America” also features Stevie Wonder, Harry Belafonte, others

Bassist, vocalist and composer Esperanza Spalding has released a new music video titled, “We Are America” in which she calls for the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba, where prisoners suspected of ties to terrorism in the Middle East are held, including 84 who have been cleared for transfer.

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Atael Weissman

Esperanza Spalding

The video includes cameo appearances from Stevie Wonder, Janelle Monáe, Harry Belafonte and Savion Glover.

In a statement, Spalding said, “I want to help Congress see that there is public support for the goal of closing Guantanamo. The first time I heard about the mass hunger strike at Guantanamo, I was appalled and embarrassed about what my country was doing. As I learned that there were far better options on the table, and that what is going on at Guantanamo is a clear violation of U.S. human rights obligations, I felt I had to do something.”

The video comes just days ahead of a highly anticipated Senate vote on Guantanamo. Spalding is urging Senators to support the Guantanamo transfer provisions included in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 as reported out of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The video is available here.

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